Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: January 2022

What is Sisters at Heart (SAH)?

SAH is an event held annually the first Saturday in August, the day before the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. This event typically brings teams together from the East Coast of the United States and Canada, but we do welcome any breast cancer survivor dragonboat team to join us for Sisters at Heart. It is a special day of paddling, camaraderie and a celebration of sisterhood for breast cancer survivor dragon boat teams and their supporters. Sisters at Heart takes place on Lake Champlain in Burlington, VT and is hosted by Dragonheart Vermont members.

When does the Sisters at Heart Celebration Weekend take place?

Our Sisters at Heart Celebration is always held on the first Saturday in August. The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival takes place the first Sunday in August.

When does registration open?

Registration will open in March 2022. Please check back.

What is included in my registration for this event?

  • Paddling workshop by Montreal’s 22 Dragons, an experiential movement workshop, lunch, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
  • Two 500m races on Saturday and at least two 200m races on Sunday
  • A unique opportunity to enjoy the fellowship of other breast cancer survivor paddlers
  • Personal Page to share your and your team’s story

What is the Paddling Workshop?

The paddling workshop is an on-water coaching session that is focused on paddling techniques and led by experienced and renowned dragon boat coaches, including 22 Dragons of Canada.

What is a Movement Workshop?
A movement workshop is a land based experiential offering led by a local Vermont instructor. We offer these workshops with an eye toward fun and fitness off the water! On Saturday morning, half the registered teams will be on the water in a paddling workshop while the other half will be on the land in a movement workshop. Both groups (A and B) will experience both offerings.

Who can participate in Sisters at Heart Celebration?

  • This event is for breast cancer survivor dragon boat teams.
  • Non-paddling breast cancer survivors, as well as friends and family members, are welcome to register for the weekend events as non-paddlers.

Can I participate if my breast cancer survivor dragon boat team doesn’t register?

The Sisters at Heart Celebration is designed for team participation. Please email us at [email protected] if you are a breast cancer survivor and part of a dragon boat team, but your team is not coming and you wish to participate.

What should we bring?

  • A canopy so you and your teammates have a shady place to gather; 10′ x 10′ works well for your 15” x 15’ site,
  • Water bottles! We will have a water truck with free water available both Saturday and Sunday.
  • A team chant, song, or spirited cheer to share with other SAH teams at lunch on Saturday.
  • Decorations! Participate in Sunday’s Spirit Competition for the best decorated site!
  • Other good ideas: camp chairs, coolers, towels, rain gear, and warm jacket/pants just in case.
  • Paddles and PFDs if you’d like, though we will have plenty available for your use.

Can we bring our steersperson?

  • Absolutely. Your steersperson can steer for your 500m and 200m races, if pre-approved for steering on Lake Champlain with its very unpredictable conditions.
  • Please know that your steersperson will be steering in the races on Saturday and Sunday, but will not be doing so during the paddling workshop on Saturday.

Do we need a drummer?

  • Yes, every team is asked to bring a drummer. If your drummer is unable to attend, please let us know ASAP and we will try to find a replacement.
  • If we provide a drummer, we cannot guarantee she will be a breast cancer survivor

How can I honor, commemorate or celebrate a loved one with a Tribute Flag?

  • Tribute flags will be available for a donation where you can honor, commemorate or celebrate a BCS survivor, warrior and loved one. 
  • Your personalized cloth tribute flags will be hand created and flown throughout the weekend.